The flowers leaving this page
open up in water
are already heading back

the way your shadow empties
still remembers one by one
icy streams crossing overhead

with something more to give
–you write another letter
make the words embrace

followed by day, by evenings
and everything put on paper
is safe, is mountainside

returning rock by scented rock
drained and in this small bundle
passed among the others.





Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Gibson Poems, published in 2019 by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library. For more information, including access to free e-books and to read his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities,” visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
(Photo courtesy of Rossetti Perchik, A.I.A.)

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